Metal Building Trends

The Metal Building Trends blog covers the latest trends, technologies, and techniques in the metal building industry. Star Building Systems' Joe Edge has more than forty years of experience in the design, construction, and sales of custom metal building solutions for all types of applications, from schools and warehouses to retail stores and airport hangars.
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Posted on March 31, 2014 By Bryan Arlington
Landing a project feels like winning a prize, sort of like finding that forgotten $20 bill in the pocket of a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while. But living on the “chance” of winning a job isn’t a great way to pay your electric bill. So, how do you swing the chances in your favor? You turn...
Posted on March 19, 2014 By Bryan Arlington
Is there a secret to competitive bidding? Not a secret, but there are certainly ways to find a better price–and some work better than others. If there was a magic bullet, that one tool in your tool belt you just couldn’t live without, then value engineering would be it. Call it the duct tape of...
Posted on March 11, 2014 By Kim Mulder
We had worked together for 30 years. As a long-standing client of mine, he and I had gone through many projects together. And we were approaching another project, one that would forever change how he viewed our working relationship. As my customer and I sat down to talk about the project details,...
Posted on February 19, 2014 By John Negich
When it’s time to build or expand, the first step is finding a builder that fits your needs (see part one). That builder will be your guide to navigating all the details, issues and questions that will arise during the process. Once you have found a builder, checked their references, visited with...
Posted on February 13, 2014 By David Alexander
They say the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Expanding your building or constructing a new structure for your business, church, or school isn’t all that different. Attacking it is best done in small, deliberate pieces.  But what they never explain in that piece of advice is...
Posted on February 06, 2014 By John Negich
Visitors to the Keene Family YMCA in New Hampshire are often surprised by what they encounter.   Liz Coppola calls it the “wow factor.”  “Literally, there’s jaw dropping,” says Coppola, director of financial and program development for the Keene Family YMCA. Open for two years, the custom...
Posted on January 30, 2014 By Gabe Savely
Every year brings changes. This one won’t be any different. We’ll see growth in some areas, declines in others. Here’s a little preview of what we’ll be writing about 2014 when 2015 comes rolling in. Going green isn’t going anywhere. The ongoing move toward energy efficiency will only be...
Posted on January 23, 2014 By Allen Hurtz
You can’t judge a book – or a building – by its cover. Not these days. What looks like brick, stucco or wood on the outside could actually be a metal building.  Metal is no longer easily detectable. It’s gotten sneakier visually. And a great example of that is the Madison Square retail center...
Posted on January 12, 2014 By Bob Zabcik
During my nearly 25-year career as an engineer, I've witnessed some 75 code and standard revision cycles representing thousands of pages of text requiring review and interpretation.  The biggest threat to human life in a building isn’t the potential of natural disasters, but the threat of...
Posted on January 06, 2014 By Bryan Arlington
If you had to define value engineering in a single word, you might boil it down to "efficiency." That would be one word, but it wouldn’t be accurate. The basic misconception of value engineering is that the term simply means to take a set of parameters, none of which will change, and do the best...